The Good Flash CS4 lets users creates animation in fewer steps; new 3D Rotation and Bones tools; Motion Editor; Motion presets; faster rendering; Adobe AIR support; new XFL format isn't saved by default; practical interface adjustments.
The Bad Longtime users may dislike Flash CS4's radical changes; new tools can be clumsy; steep price.
The Bottom Line Flash becomes friendlier and more fun to explore as CS4 introduces a faster approach to animation, making this a worthwhile upgrade for both beginners and seasoned programmers.
Adobe Flash CS4 Professional
Flash can be frightening to master because of its complex interface and the multiple steps required to get started with animation. Thankfully, Flash CS4 isn't like some other updates of professional Adobe software, which sometimes add few important features at a steep price. This upgrade is worthwhile, especially for those learning Flash animation for the first time.
Flash CS4 offers a fundamentally different approach to animation with object-based tweening, making it easier to get started. For instance, just draw and select a shape, create a tween, and you're ready to move the shape around in the timespan that appears, instantly creating an animation. There are no more in-between steps to take, as Flash CS4 fills in the gaps you previously had to do yourself.
In addition, the work space is more elegant and options expand to work with the latest video formats and Web applications. And as with each new release, Adobe added design tools that enable creative professionals to create complicated-looking animation more quickly.
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